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First Mock attempt
Published at 2/9/2014 9:05:27 PM
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Houston needs a Quarterback, and although i was 50/50 for putting Manziel here, I think Houston wants to avoid the risk. Their team is a few key pieces from being a contender again, and having a stable QB will help that more than a boom or bust one.
CLE From STL for rd 1 pick 4, rd 1 pick 19, rd 3 pick (PIT)
I think Cleveland gets antsy here, think Jacksonville will jump on Manziel. it may not be the safest pick, but the Browns haven't always made the safest picks in an attempt to end their streak of losing years. Manziel's pre-draft hype skyrockets him to the second pick.
Although I think Jacksonville wants Manziel as well, this becomes a dream scenario for them in the end. they get an unrivaled shot at getting Clowney to improve their D-line. This will allow them to rotate their other D ends in and greatly improve the pass rush
With Jake Long coming off an injury, and Roger Saffold likely to leave in free agency, the St. Louis line is immediately in question. It is likely that less than half the lineman from 2013 will return in 2014, meaning the Rams are in trouble. Grabbing Matthews here allows them to bookend their line with Long and Matthews. They can then work their way inside. STL is able to get their target and pick up two extra picks from cleveland
With Clowney and the QBs gone by their pick, Oakland has two options, give themselves a true number one receiver for whoever they start at QB, or trade back and add some mid round picks. I think they'll bolster their WR group and take a project QB in the second or third round to sit behind a free agent signing.
While the best tackle in the draft is no longer available, I don't think Atlanta will be willing to give up their pick and a chance at Robinson for the offers they will get. Within the top 4 picks, the premier prospects teams will want to trade for the most are gone. Atlanta will fill their biggest need rather than risk the trade-down.
The Buccaneers need a DE to improve their pass rush, and they love big, physical ends. Ealy fits this mold at 6'5" 277. He needs improvement, but is considered the second best DE in this draft class, and considering who number one is, I think he's a safe pick here. Although I feel it is a reach, the bucs are gonna fill their needs at this spot.
From MIN for rd 1, 2, future 2
San Diego has a terrible secondary. Their corners could really be upgraded by anything, but in this case, the chargers target the best corner in the draft, Dennard.
The Bills give EJ Manuel a big target here, and improve their starting receivers. With Evans, Johnson, and Woods, the Bills have a very solid top three.
With Dennard gone here, the Lions go with the next best Cornerback in Justin Gilbert. Their secondary is bad enough to warrant this selection over other players rated higher.
I debated Barr here, but Mack still being available at 11 is a great sight for the Titans, who look to add linebackers to aid their scheme switch.
The Giants need a TE, who better than the best in the class. Line help would be good here as well.
The Rams need safety help, and Haha Clinton-Dix dropping into their lap at their second pick is a dream come true. They are able to fill their biggest position of need on offense and defense in this draft.
The Bears Need a DT for their 4-3, and Donald is the best there is for that. They could also trade back to snag a safety late.
The Steelers defense is aging, and they have lacked a true nose tackle since Casey Hampton left. Nix landing in this spot is the best possible result for the Steelers if a corner or Haha doesn't fall to this spot.
The ravens need a compliment to Torrey Smith. Lee is an option here, while other positions of need don't match the pick.